"A Woman in Berlin" is a harrowing story about the will to survive amid the most brutal conditions imaginable.
It's set during a four-month period in 1945 when Russian soldiers finally occupied the German capital and considered the city's women to be spoils of war. From hospital records, it's been estimated that between 95,000 and 130,000 of Berlin's women were raped that year.
This film, directed by Max Färberböck ("Aimée & Jaguar"), is based on the diary kept by one of those women, who not only decided not to be a victim, but wrote about her experiences in a book that initially scandalized at least some of her countrymen. Starring Nina Hoss, Evgeny Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rüdiger Vogler. Directed by Max Färberböck. In German with English subtitles. (Not rated. 131 minutes. At the Presidio and Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.)
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